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Players criticize (lack of) fans

Posted on: September 27, 2010 11:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am
 

A couple of crowds on Monday night were not what some of the people on the field wanted them to be, and the players made it known.

The Rays had a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a win at home against the Orioles, and just 12,446 showed up. And it really wasn't even that many -- remember that baseball uses "tickets sold" as attendance, so season tickets count whether the people show up or not. The crowd was just over half Tampa Bay's season average of 23,047.

Rays ace David Price took to his personal Twitter account to complain, writing "Had a chance to clinch a post season spot tonight with about 10,000 fans in the stands....embarrassing."

Tampa third baseman Evan Longoria told the St. Petersburg Times that the small crowds down the stretch are "disheartening" and embarrassing."

In Washington, there were a few more fans -- 14,309. What troubled the Nationals was that way too many of them were Phillies fans there to watch their team clinch the National League East title.

The Washington Post quoted Nats shortstop Ian Desmond as saying it was "kind of embarrassing when everyone in the stadium is clapping against you when you’re at home."

Outfielder Nyjer Morgan had this to say to natsinsider.com:
"Damn, it was a lot louder at our place than it was at their place when we go there. It felt it was a home game for the Phillies."

It's not generally a good business practice to criticize the customers, but sometimes frustration takes over.

UPDATE: After his comment spread across the internet, Price tweeted: "If I offended anyone I apologize I did not think it was gonna turn into this ..."

-- David Andriesen

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Comments

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Wow! Price very insightful comment and you obviously are not in tune with the country's economy yet you still get to collect a paycheck!



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:07 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

While the Rays fans have good points as posted here you are the biggest "fair-weather" fan on cbssports.com and probably everywhere else. You not only give up on your team you put a Yankee avatar up. If that doesn't show a fair weather fan I don't know what does. The Braves won 11 division titles in a row from 1995-2005 how much do they have to do to get you're loyalty?  YOU stated fans won't be at the Braves series I say Phils fans will. I'm sure the REAL Braves fans are glad you have bailed They don't need fans like you



You aren't to be takin seriously anymore. A fan of PA sports from Maryland. You sure are a hoot.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:57 am
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Why is this news? This is beating a dead horse all over again. Im excited that the Rays are doing so well and have a chance to clinch a postseason spot for the second time in team history. But everyone in the state of Florida and all over the U.S knows that all the fans are from the Tampa area and not St Pete! Everyone knows that the recession has affected everyone in the country, but the hardest hit of them all has been the state of Florida. People just dont have the extra money to spend on expenditures like tickets and such. The ones who can are Rays fans, but from across the Howard Franklin Bridge. I dont know why the Rays players continue to harp on this attendance issue.. Sure, its probably an annoyance and kind of disheartening, but they have to realize that just because we arent there in person cheering you on, doesnt mean that we arent rooting for you all. TV viewership for the Rays is at an all time high. And I know its not as simple to do, but if the Rays can get out of their lease agreement and can explore options outside St Pete, Tampa is anxiously waiting. A perfect location and centrally located would be the State Fairgrounds. If the Rays were to relocate there, attendance would no longer be an issue, period.



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:54 am
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

While the Rays fans have good points as posted here you are the biggest "fair-weather" fan on cbssports.com and probably everywhere else. You not only give up on your team you put a Yankee avatar up. If that doesn't show a fair weather fan I don't know what does. The Braves won 11 division titles in a row from 1995-2005 how much do they have to do to get you're loyalty?  YOU stated fans won't be at the Braves series I say Phils fans will. I'm sure the REAL Braves fans are glad you have bailed They don't need fans like you


You can pick and choose the posts i write all day long. Learn to read what i wrote after that, not just pick something and ignore the rest. I'm not caring doesn't mean im not a fan anymore. Go cry kidCry



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:40 am
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Opinionator -


First of all everyone all over the world has a lot of crap to do in their days. Not everyone has time to be at yankee games. Sometimes, i can barely take the time to watch my team play. Does that make me a fair weathered fan? I don't think so. I just think it shows that there are more pressing issues going on rather than the percentage of fans the yankees get to their ballpark.

Second, the price is high. I accept it, because i like to see the yankees put out championship caliber teams every year, so if i have to pay an extra 50$ for a ticket, i will.

Finally, the yankees lead the league in attendance and shared revenue, and ur talking about how yankees fans dont get to their games? If yankee fans don't, who does genius?



Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:35 am
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

I completely agree that the trop is a piece of crap, but moving the team to tampa will not help. Not wanting to drive 25 minutes to see your home team clinch the playoffs could be one of the saddest excuses I have ever heard  Simply put, you are NOT a fan if this is what is causing you not to go to games.  The facts are quite simple.  Florida is full of northeast transplants and the tampa teams are perennial losers.  This combination leads people to remain loyal to their northern teams like yanks, sox, phils, etc over the rays.  It also hurts that spring training for all of those teams are in this area, which leads to further long distance relationship loyalty.  Tampa needs to become a perennial winner in order for this to change. A flash in the pan will not suffice which is proven by the current bucs fan situation.   The year they won the superbowl, and the year after, there were bucs fans everywhere.  Since the bucs went back to playing like they are wearing creamsickle orange again, the bucs fans have since dissappeared causing a string of blackouts that would make a hurricane jealous.  Unfortunately, the rays are in the toughest division of baseball which will make it almost impossible for them to win year in and year out, especially without a salary cap for the yanks and sox.  Even if you could move the stadium into every tampa resident's backyard simplutaneously and give them free tickets, they will still struggle to fill seats.  Let's not waste tons of taxpayers money to build them a stadium that no one will go to.  Tampa already has a new stadium that no one goes to, it is called Raymond James....checkmate.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:31 am
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

This coming from a fan of the defending World Series Champions that draw from a population of 8 million and can only sell 89% of the tickets available through the season.  Some fans you are... BTW, a closer look at the numbers reveals that since opening the new ballpark in 2004 the Phils have averaged over 90% attendance over the past 7 years (drawing from a population of 1.5 million). So please, get YOUR facts straight bud... 



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:31 am
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

I understand that the team wants their fans out there, and some of the lash out from Price and Longoria may be a reaction from the fact that their team will lose a lot of its star power this offseason due to the fact the rays dont have the finances to deal with that. However, this is still a fairly new ball club. All of the major clubs have somewhat of a history to their name. People in St. Pete's may have been fans of another team before the rays came along, and now dont want to switch over.

For example, i grew up in brooklyn, NY and have always been a new york knicks fan. Now, the New Jersey Nets are becoming the Brooklyn Nets. Although it's exciting to have a team in brooklyn for the first time in a long while, i wouldnt be able to just drop the knicks and become a fan of the new Brooklyn Nets.

My point here is that if you let generations turn over, maybe there will be more fans who werent used to rooting for another team. They will only know of the Rays. Then, maybe, there will be a higher attendance rating.



Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:22 am
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

I hope they DO move them to Orlando, Tampas a dead spot and i know more Tampa Ray fans outside of Tampa than in Tampa... tons of fans in central florida, i.e. Orlando, and it surrounding areas.... Moving it to a more central location would be its best bet to fill the stands... most people just dont wanna drive over 1.5-2 hrs away to watch a team play.... cant blame em, if it were NFL it'd be different because teams play ONCE a week, not 3 times....thats too much to ask fans to drive far to see em play.



Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:15 am
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

atlantabravesgg, your post from the other day:
September 26, 2010 6:08 pm
This is why most of us bail on the Braves, especially in the early 2000's, until they can prove otherwise that they can hold it down or do something productive, we won't support them. That's why no one will go to these final few games at Turner Field, expect a low crowd. No one cares until they prove something.

While the Rays fans have good points as posted here you are the biggest "fair-weather" fan on cbssports.com and probably everywhere else. You not only give up on your team you put a Yankee avatar up. If that doesn't show a fair weather fan I don't know what does. The Braves won 11 division titles in a row from 1995-2005 how much do they have to do to get you're loyalty?  YOU stated fans won't be at the Braves series I say Phils fans will. I'm sure the REAL Braves fans are glad you have bailed They don't need fans like you


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